Three National Institute of Standards and Technology employees have received the George A. Uriano Award for outstanding achievements in building or strengthening the agency's extramural programs, with special emphasis on fostering U.S. competitiveness and business excellence. The award was established in 1996 and is named for the first director of NIST's Advanced Technology Program.
Honored were the following:
- Bettijoyce B. Lide, Program Manager, Advanced Technology Program, for developing the ATP focused program for Information Infrastructure for Healthcare technology. The program is designed to provide timely support for the development of technologies needed to integrate information systems for the health-care industry.
- Jane Poulter, Social Scientist, Baldrige National Quality Program, for providing the expertise necessary to develop a Baldrige Award program for the health-care sector.
- Stephen J. Thompson, Computer Specialist, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, for leadership in developing an outreach initiative to aid small manufacturers and other businesses to analyze, understand, and solve their Y2K problems.
As a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, NIST strengthens the U.S. economy and improves the quality of life by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards through four partnerships: the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Measurement and Standards Laboratories, the Advanced Technology Program, and the Baldrige National Quality Program.